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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> the cash for votes to crisis and what football just got worse. england that a national association says avi fifa presidential election must be postponed. can the president withstand pressure from major sponsors and now england, the powerhouse in the game? welcome to [unintelligible] -- welcome to "gmt." i'm george alagiah. also -- a major report says williams more will join the hungry. exactly 100 years since will launch of the titanic, we will look back at the legend of the world's most famous ship.
it is early morning in washington, 1:00 p.m. in zurich and midday in london where the english football association has become the first major football power to call for the postponement of tomorrow's election for the presidency of fifa. in a statement, it said it would give credibility to the process and allow any alternative reforming candidate opportunity to stand. it wants and independent body to look at improving the way the organization is run and says the crisis damages the reputation of the game. the inglis decision follows hot on the heels of top level sponsors voicing their concerns about the cash for votes allegations swirling around the game. edwards air line has joined coca-cola and adidas. together these add to the pressure on fifa's president sepp blatter. we can talk to the former chief
executive of the english football association. mark, what difference do you think this decision to go public will make? >> i think the fa has always been a difficult position, being able to have an impact, certainly in the immediate short-term. i think what they have to do is to have a dignified and forceful and balanced approach. given the history of the relationship and the sensitivities. i think that is as much as they can do in a very short term. what they need to do is to start moving to gather support within fifa, because fifa is not just an association full of crooks and vagabonds. there are some good people around and some credible associations. they need to get these people together. the german association, for one, is very credible. and so forth. they also need to review, because sepp blatter will almost certainly starting proposals
forward so they need to review those proposals and make sure they can push them as far as they can. but unfortunately i suspect we may well be having to wait for the next candidate. >> that is a problem, isn't it, because why has fa waited until now, the day before the election? a lot of these allegations were swirling around for many months, indeed some of them made from people within england's football? >> i think the problem is with their lack of ability to influence thing to not -- more what they have not done in the last 15 years. i think in terms of where they are today, i do not think the fa themselves and push for -- i do not know a candidate who would be in a credible platform at least from a political perspective within fifa. the feeling that lots of the
potential candidates that are within fifa themselves are really afraid of the fact that he who wields the knife would never wear the crown. >> we will leave it there. thank you for joining us. let's get more on the corruption allegations. the bbc sports news correspondent is in desert. -- zurich. what sort of reaction can you tell from the decision? >> when the news was released i was in the hotel where the african members of fifa were staying. the confederation of african people. they just had their meeting with sepp blatter i spoke to one delegate was said i need your support, insinuating he knew a challenge to the vote was forthcoming. perhaps in the english statement today, it was not a surprise to sepp blatter.
will we get the support from african members, at least? i am not sure. 1 -- the liberian delegation said he would be voting for the election not to take place it and got that far. right now we have statements -- are statements from english. they are now here in the desert. -- zurich, canvassing support and seeing a big at the three- quarters of what they need to stop the action from taking place and that is what they are tried to do right now. >> the former chief executive was making this point just a little while ago that, yes, they do need a wide range of support within fifa, but have they not left it somewhat late to garner that support? after all, we are about 24 hours away from the vote. >> that is a very good point. it is very late.
they will gather this evening for the opening ceremony. they need a three-quarters of the people who are actually here. all 208 members might not turn up at the congress. it is probable that those who do not turn up what not i've supported sepp blatter anyway. do you might not have supported sepp blatter anyway. the head of the fa will release the statement is not here at the moment. it will be difficult that they would get enough support to stop the elections of taking place. >> thank you very much. thes take a look of some of other stories making headlines. the aid agency oxfam warm -- warned the price of staple foods would double in the coming years due to global warming and lack of investments in agriculture. a new report saying while the world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2015,
agricultural production is not keeping pace. -- $9 billion by 2050. the call for a global fund to tackle crime change in front of a reform in food production. >> the global food system is in crisis. over the years, less has been invested in sustainable production and climate change has caused drought and flooding. the result has been growing food shortages that have caused the death and rioting. according to oxfam, no mechanism is in place to meet the challenge, yet food prices are set to double in the next 20 years. research shows the world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, needing to produce 70% more food. an agricultural production growth has already halved since 1990. there could, though, be plenty of food and around and oxfam
offers a blueprint. food production need a global governance so unless it is in the hands of a privileged few. a small farmers must be given wider opportunities and there needs to be a shift in attitude, particularly in knowing where food is and where there are shortages. >> there is a need for control in commodity prices, at least major transparency -- and also more transparent. rising prices also have a severe impact on international aid. >> it cost us more to purchase the food, and, two, the numbers of hungry go up and for every 10% increase in prices we add another $200 million to the annual budget to buy the same amount of food. >> oxfam describes the control of global food production as a vice-like hold that must be
broken. in uganda, a mother cuts of raw animal skin to feed her hungry children. the aid agency says its children could grow up to save prosperity, but with no food reform, it predicts more suffering. bbc news. >> the head of advocacy at oxfam is currently year and joins us from our oxford studio. thank you for being with us. one of the big problems of this report highlights is lack of investment -- in fact, falling investment in agriculture. how do you propose to turn it around and get governments, especially in africa, to stop worrying about the cities and start thinking about the countryside. >> we have to look much more at the countryside. if you look at the almost 1 billion people who are suffering from hunger on a daily basis,
about three-quarters live in the countryside. they are surrounded by land and the potential to grow food. but at the moment, they can't, or else they are growing food but the productivity extremely low. so, part of the solution to this global systemic crisis is we need much more investment in agriculture -- whether it is private sector investment, government investment and other -- also overseas aid. overseas aid going into agriculture has fallen a lot in the last decade as well. the smallest farmers, often the poorest people, are the ones who have the most benefit from more investment. they are not using the best techniques. >> would you be quite happy to see the private sector invest in large-scale commercial farms in african countries? >> we don't think that is the somewhat -- solution to this big challenge of a sustainable
global food system. at the moment you've got 500 million small farms and if we could tackle those farms and build up the product in a sustainable way, that would directly help the poor but it would also contribute to it and a part of the solution. we think big companies could also be part of that solution but they need to be working with the smaller farmers, bringing the smaller farmers into the food chain. >> what proved is there that the small farmers of the kind you are talking there can actually produce enough food to feed 9 billion people? the evidence seems to suggest one of the reasons large-scale farms and work is because they have economies of scale. >> i think two things -- first of all, what we see is a big intensive agriculture is the growth of productivity has almost ground to a halt, close to flat lighting, get agriculture contributes to almost one-third to global emissions. we are not saying these 500 million small farms can feed the
world. no, but they can be part of the solution. showing that introducing drought-reducing crops or a new irrigation systems can make a huge difference. there are also a number of william farmers who do not have the rights to the lands they traditionally farm. if you could bring a bit of technology, you can hear -- hugely change their productivity. a small part of the puzzle -- yes, but only one part of it. >> thank you. events are taking place today in northern ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the titanic. the ship, at the time the largest liner in the world, was built in the biggest shipyard in belfast. but it sank, as we all know, yes than a year later on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg. more than 1500 passengers and crew were killed. a short religious service is being held on the belfast -- at
the exact time the ship was launched a 100 years ago. >> the titanic was all right when it -- hear it -- [horn blowing] [cheering] [horns blowing] >> the ship is moving! we're 22nd in. -- 20 seconds in. the greatest, largest man-made in the world -- , that is marking the exact time, attwell 1:00 p.m., it was launched. it's apparently 62 seconds to launch. three years to build it. but infamously a year later the
titanic sank. a big moment for belfast. there is a titanic quarter that represents huge investment in the area. the leaders are hoping there would be kind of a tourist dividend. >> the titanic is launched! [horns blowing] leave that commemoration at belfast the exact moment the titanic was launched a hundred years ago. still to come -- in business, the american housing markets. in the industry that church of the recession continues to struggle. cuba is battling the worst drought in half a century.
crops have been destroyed and with strict water restrictions in place, farmers are losing livestock. the report from havana on how storms this week failed to provide relief. >> in sufficient rain in cuba for the past three years -- the caribbean's largest island is now facing the worst drought in half a century. in the central province, vultures gather menacingly along fence post, waiting for weaken ed cattle to succumb to water. then i have had chickens died from hunger and she, too. very dry, very dry. it is a terrible drought. >> it is adjust the countryside that is suffering. according to the official newspaper, more than a million residents of havana are threatened by the drought,
hitting half of the population. many rely on tankers to deliver much-needed water. >> we are always careful not to waste water. at least we have tanks that can be filled. some don't even have that. what happened to start off -- we had a boy who did not want to go to school if he did not wash. >> mate is meant to be the start of the rainy season but so far there have been few sustained showers, but this -- not of the sort of to refill reservoirs. in the eastern province, when the heavens opened, it was not rain but giant hailstorms accompanied by strong winds. residents report icefalls the site of lemons or oranges, destroying crops and blankets to the countryside. -- blanketing the countryside. bbc news, vana. >> this is a "gmt" from bbc
world news. i'm george alagiah. a day before the governing body of world of's fifa holds its presidential election, the english football association demanding a postponement. the aid agency oxfam warned food prices might double in the next 20 years. health officials in germany say they expect an outbreak of e. coli link to cucumbers to get worse. so far, at least 14 people died and hundreds more are being treated in hospitals a woman in sweden has died. she spent time in germany. other cases have been reported in britain, denmark, france, the netherlands, all link to travel in northern germany. in yemen, more reports of troops firing on protesters in the city of taiz. more than 20 people died and hundreds injured monday when
forces lawyer to president saleh fired on anti-government demonstrators. human rights officials say more than 50 people have been killed in the city said sunday. eight senior libyan army officers -- five generals -- . -- appeared on television in italy to announce the defection from colonel gaddafi's forces. they appealed to fellow soldiers to join them in backing the rebels. the former bosnian serb military commander ratko mladic was allowed to visit the grave of his daughter who committed suicide 17 years ago. president hamid karzai of afghanistan warned nato that the accidental death of civilians killed in bombing raids is eroding support for its mission. he said people would start
viewing nato as an occupying force if the deficit went on. excuse me -- aaron is here. [laughter] if i could get my words out. >> unfortunately the u.s. -- is that what is? [laughter] i think we have to remind ourselves economists and experts consistently tell us, of course, until we see a healthy recovery in housing market we will not see a help the recovery certainly in the general u.s. economy, george. the united states, has, yet to -- in about an hour's time we will have the latest from the case is schiller index. it is, of course, the influential survey of property prices across 20 u.s. cities. experts predict it will suggested values fell about 3.5%
in the year. the biggest decline in 16 months. >> in manhasset, new york, large american homes are being sold off on the cheap. after four years, america's housing market is still depressed. >> 1.3 million and a quarter -- >> it is here at auction the property can be found. this auctioneer says auctioning properties is now the biggest part of his business. >> it has been a huge engine of growth for our company. we do expected increase as time progresses, just given the current economic conditions. >> they managed to snap up a home in a saw after neighborhood. >> we have been looking in the area. it is a very high-priced area and we thought we could get a good opportunity. >> the you think it does happen today? >> absolutely. >> this is the property that went under the hammer at auction. it may be in the upscale
neighborhood of manhasset, the family living here, like so many across the -- america, could simply no longer afford their home. there are still many properties in danger of foreclosure, dragging down prices and american neighborhoods. experts believe it will take at least another three-four years before home prices can even begin to recover. bbc news, new york. >> the move on. the american supermarket giant walmart finds out shortly and half-hour whether south african regulators will let a buyer control -- it by a controlling stake in the countries retail. unions and three government departments warned against it -- against the, for fear of mass job losses. walmart promised to preserve jobs for two years and invest in the company. south africa's trade minister outlined the dilemma. >> this is a major transaction. this is a large international
retailer which has international procurement systems. and i think what we need to make sure it is that -- it would be wholly compatible and create jobs. >> moody's warned it may cut japan that a credit score in the next three months. it says it is worried the government does not have an effective strategy to reduce its debt. but investors. to have shrugged off the news, focusing instead on strong production forecast from japanese manufacturers. they predict a sharp gain in activity this month in the next, all with hopes the company will experience a v-shaped recovery. >> designed to fail. a volkswagen formally launched a takeover bid for the truck maker man. german law forced but car makers to make the offer after it raised its stake to over 40%.
volkswagen pitched its offer below where man's shares are trading, which helps investors will reject that approach. begot that? let's take a look of the markets. a nice bit of recovery. mostly i following the report out of japan that factory output rebounded certainly from the record drop following those devastating disasters in march in japan dan investors also more optimistic amid signs of agreed that prices may be easing. oil prices rose about $101 a barrel and the dollar strengthened against the yen but weakened against the bureau. european markets are following what was done in asia. >> the mexican nursery teacher received an award for bravery after she kept her children calm during a shootout in her school and the northern city of monterrey. she filmed the scene in the classroom as bullets were flying
outside. she told the four-year-old children to liable floor and in order to distract them ask them to sing a song. >> everyone on the floor. it was not a children's game. it was martha rivera, a nursery teacher, shouted to her students as soon as she heard shots being fired near her school. everything is ok, she tells one for students. nothing is going to happen to us. trying to reassure them was to film the scene on her mobile phone. ♪ as the shooting continued, she came up with an idea. she made the children sang a song while lying on the floor trying to distract them from the bloody reality outside. mexico's everyday violence has spilled into their neighborhood. five people were killed at a taxi -- in an episode blamed on all organized crime. monterrey, once known as one of latin america's save the cities
has become engulfed in the drug traffic that has killed -- people since 2006. on monday, the governor of the state presented a teacher an award for bravery, saying she said an example for all teachers in mexico. but she said she just did her job. >> the truth is, i was a little bit scared, but my children helped me through it. >> she may be today's power when but for many in mexico, the episode is a painful reminder that the violence from organized crime has become a reality that they can't but learn to live with. bbc news, mexico city. >> that is just about it for this edition. much more on the twists and turns of the election of a fifa president on our website. have a look. that is it from us. stay with bbc world this. there is plenty more to come.
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